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post #21 of 28 Old 11-14-2007, 01:28 AM
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In addition to changing the footing as much as you can (cleaner stall, stall mats or limestone screenings (which are GREAT as is pea gravel, but if you aren't staying permananty, it's cost prohibitive)) and cutting back on sugars in the diet is helpful, as well.
Since she's having dry hooves in addition to the thrush, you might try a hoof sealer. I'm usually not a fan of these, I feel that the hoof needs to breathe, but too much flucuation in moisture or excess moisture can be detrimintal. Just from below the coronary band (where the periople-a skin substance that grows just below the hairline) to ground level. Don't go all the way up to the hairline! And you don't need to paint the whole sole. AVOID The frog, for sure.
You could try packing the hoof with pine tar after picking the feet out. It's messy, and stinky, but it's a natural anti-thrush. Get some rubber gloves. Its tarry, (it IS named Pine Tar) and smear it in all the crevices in and around the frog. It moisturizes, too. It forms a protective layer, kills thrush and is better for the foot than koppertox for constant use. It's available just about any farm/tack store or catalog.
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post #22 of 28 Old 11-14-2007, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by qux3
Diet can affect thrush, also.
Sweet feed and other sugary food can get it started. I learned this after a well meaning neighbor started giving my horse sweet feed "because he likes it." He soon developed thrush and I have seen in researching it that a high carb. diet can cause it.
I absolutely agree..
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post #23 of 28 Old 11-14-2007, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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I will look for the Pine Tar. She has been thrush free for a while now and her feeties aren't dry anymore, but i figure it wouldnt hurt to buy the pine tar.

I agree diet can affect their feet. She is not on sweet feed (it has molasses and she cant have any) and I havent been giving her any treats, just lots of love.

Question tho, is there anything i can put on her hooves for better traction in the winter time? She is barefoot. This is our first winter together and I don't want to be stuck inside because its snowy out
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post #24 of 28 Old 11-14-2007, 01:36 PM
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A barefoot horse gets better traction than shod horses in snow. First, being bare, they have a better feel of where their feet are and adjust when needed. Second, barefeet by design just get better traction, they kind of dig in and the frog helps grip, with a reg shoe the ground surface is just an incomplete ring of metal that is too broad to really cut in as the foot breaks over and it suspends the foot above the ground, where it can't feel as well.

Shoes also help the snow pack in and ball up a lot more than a bare foot. Barefeet even get better traction on concrete. Think of it, the hoof expands and contracts with each step, and the frog is almost like rubber-think shock absorbing tire (smoother ride, better traction)compared to a metal shoe (steel rims on your car?).Shoes, by the way really inhibit the hoof expansion, which is what helps in blood circulation inside the hoof.

If snow is really sticky, it can still ball up, even in bare hooves, so you can coat the sole with vaseline or spray Pam (cooking spray) on to help the snow not stick. You would have to do this every day while the snow is sticking, so best to apply the fresh coat just before you ride.

There are boots you can buy that you can attatch studs to or are designed for mud/snow conditions, but aren't suitable for regular footing, but if you plan to work your horse in bad footing, these would be a good idea.

In the mean time, just keep picking those feet out. Esp when it's muddy. Even if the just plop the foot back in the mud immediately, any exposure to air will be benificial in preventing thrush.
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post #25 of 28 Old 11-14-2007, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much barefoothooves! I've been around horses for 12 years but it was all riding and not taking care of the horse. Now that I have my own, I'm like "uh what do i do now?" Thank you so much for your help! I'll definately get a can of pam for my horse!
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post #26 of 28 Old 01-23-2008, 01:25 PM
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i live in southeast texas where it is always wet, and my horses would get thrush, what i do once a week is brush them down real good and then pick there feet and spray bleach water on them. it kills the fungus. doin that has kept thrush away from the ranch. the fungus also carries on the ground. so one horse might have gotten it and then bein turned out in the mud your horse came in contact with it.
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post #27 of 28 Old 02-05-2008, 02:25 PM
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I think the stall is a big problem for the thrush. Then if your horse is turned out in wet grass or mud, that's not helping. I would get stall mats, as mentioned, and use more than a 1/2 bag of shavings. Even though we have stall mats at our barn and clean the stalls daily, my older horse kept getting thrush. Although I used thrush meds, it wasn't enough to stop white line disease from setting in. My farrier caught it in its early stages. Right now, I'm having to keep him out of as much moisture as I can, pick his feet every time he comes in from the field, use an antiseptic soak, and then feed Bio-Meth as a suppliment until his feet grow out more. Good luck!
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post #28 of 28 Old 02-06-2008, 04:40 PM
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I have heard about putting bleach on a horses foot.
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